September 2016, Day 1, Goeido v Tochinoshin

When Goeido is on, he’s one of my favorites to watch. He locks up with Tochinoshin in equivalent migi-yotsu (right hand under, left hand over) grips. The difference is Goeido never lets go. He spends the bout doing two things that help him win – he shifts his hips (first right, then left) to break Tochinoshin’s hold on his belt, and he works constantly to improve his own grip (first right, then left), getting ever more and more layers of Tochinoshin’s belt under his fingers. By the end, what appears at first glance to be an equal position is actually far in Goeido’s favor. Good first win for the Ozeki over a tough opponent.


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